Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bunchie's Scrapbook: Bad TV Edition Part 2


Hank was kind of a Dobie Gillis rip-off that aired in the mid-60s. The only reason I remember the show was I watched it with my Grandma one night and she turned to me and asked "Is this supposed to be funny?" I was a little kid and it was the first time anyone had asked my opinion on anything. Maybe that's what made me want to be a critic....






This show was an interesting, and rare, TV flop from James Garner. He played a sheriff in a dusty Arizona town in the early 20th century. I remember he rode a clunky, homemade motorcycle instead of a horse. Margot Kidder played a sweaty and slightly slutty bartender. The show was very laid back and comedic, sort of a hippie version of Gunsmoke.






Captain Nice was a superhero comedy, and an attempt to ride the capetails of the very popular Batman TV series. I don't remember much about it, except it helped launch the very long and successful career of William Daniels. How many actors can claim to having roles in The Graduate and Blades of Glory?






Speaking of captains, Captain Scarlet was one of those Gerry and Sylvia Anderson sci-fi puppet deals. It was revived in the 2000s as a Pixar style animated series, but I preferred the old marionette version. The series featured an all-female fighter pilot squadron and they were really hot...err, I mean for puppets they were hot...not like real girl hot...oh let's change the subject...





Room 222 was all about a high school in sunny Los Angeles, where the kids had a lot more fun than we did in rural Virginia. Of course they had bigger problems too. Every week some kid OD'ed, or got arrested for car theft or discovered his dad was an escaped convict or something. That sort of stuff didn't happen too much in VA. Only the occasional incident with livestock...